Arsenal are closing in on a shock deal for Nikola Zigic after his agent confirmed the Gunners had offered him a short-term contract, reports The Daily Star.
Zigic departed Birmingham City this summer after his contract expired and he is yet to find a new club. His agent, Milan Calasan, claims Arsenal have offered his client a contract until January 2015 with an option to extend it to the end of the season.
Arsenal contract offer
Calasan is quoted in the same report as saying: "Wenger called me in the afternoon on Tuesday and stressed the desire to engage Nikola Zigic.
"He was offered a contract to the end of the year, with an option to extend until the end of 2015. We will see what happens, but everything Nikola has to decide."
At six foot, seven inches, Zigic is one of the tallest players in the professional game. However, he has failed to utilise his height at the top level of the game.
The 33-year-old failed to meet expectation at St Andrews, where Birmingham forked out £6 million to sign him from Valencia in 2009. However, Wenger obviously believes the Serbian international is the man to solve Arsenal's growing injury crisis.
Although Wenger could not confirm it, Olivier Giroud has reportedly sustained a broken foot and is set for an extended spell on the treatment table. The Gunners will likely be without Giroud until November if he has broken his foot, leaving Wenger with just Yaya Sanogo as an out-and-out striker.
Lukas Podolski looks set to fill in up front against Besiktas tonight, while Joel Campbell and Alexis Sanchez can also provide cover in the role. None of those, however, can fulfill the target man role like Zigic or Giroud.
The Gunners appear so advanced in talks with Zigic that Metro are reporting that the player is already undergoing a medical. They say the contract offer has been accepted and believe a deal could be confirmed in the coming days.
If Zigic does sign, it will do little to alleviate the fear of Arsenal fans, who have seen Arsenal struggle against Crystal Palace, Besiktas and Everton already this season.
Reports of bids for the likes of Danny Welbeck, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani would make an approach for Zigic laughable in comparison.